T20 World Cup: Smiled from ear to ear when I heard about T20 World Cup in Australia, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News


ADELAIDE: Virat Kohli says he was “grinning from ear to ear” when Australia retained the hosting rights of the ongoing T20 World Cup as his records Down Under speak volumes.
Aiming to rediscover his glory days, the Indian batting maestro, who started the campaign with a magnificent 82 against arch-rivals Pakistan, extended his superb run with a 44-ball 64 against Bangladesh here on Wednesday.
As It Happened: India vs Bangladesh
“As soon as I knew the World Cup was in Australia, I was grinning from ear to ear. I knew good batting would be key. I knew the kind of experience and game awareness of playing in Australia would come in handy for the team ,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Kohli top scored in the rain-shortened match which ended in a thrilling five-run victory for India.
“Very close game, not as close as we would have liked. It was another good day with the bat I think, trying to play myself in the innings.

“When I went in there was pressure, I watched the ball well. I’m just in a happy space, I don’t want to compare anything. What’s in the past is in the past.”
Kohli hit his first Test ton in 2012 in Adelaide. Then, on his Test captaincy debut two years later, he hit hundreds in every innings at the same venue and almost led India to a famous victory.

“I absolutely love playing at this ground. Right from the back of the nets, as soon as I go in it makes me feel at home. That knock at the MCG was meant to be, but when I come here it’s like I is meant to come to Adelaide and enjoy my batting,” he said.

Kohli hit eight fours and a six during his stay in the middle, which also saw him form a 67-run partnership for the second wicket. KL Rahul (50 from 32 balls) after the departure of captain Rohit Sharma.
Chasing 151 in 16 overs as per the revised target after a brief spell of rain, Bangladesh eventually reached 145 for six.
India, who have six points from four matches, will look to beat Zimbabwe in their final Super-12 match.


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